Star Wars: The Last Jedi's final scene is one of the most important in the entire franchise, completely redefining what "Star Wars" actually is. Of course, Episode VIII changes the status quo of the sequel trilogy in many ways. By the time it's shocking ending has arrived, Kylo Ren's assumed the position of Supreme Leader of the First Order, Luke has become one with the Force and Rey's taken her first steps to restarting the Jedi Order.
Although perhaps the most pronounced shift is on a wider narrative scale with the confirmation that the third act of the Skywalker Saga isn't really about a Skywalker at all. After two years of fierce speculation, it was finally revealed that Rey truly was no one; her parents were just junkers who sold for drink money. It's not as elaborate as her being a Skywalker, Solo, Kenobi or Fisto, yet the ramifications are infinitely more powerful. For the first time, our hero isn't born into an immense lineage, with the only member of the clan being a character who, by his own mother's admission, is beyond redemption.
But even that's not the ultimate game-changer. That comes at the very, very end; our story wraps up with the whole gang together on the Falcon ready for the customary closing iris, yet the film continues for one more scene: the most important scene in all of Disney Star Wars.
What The Canto Bight Children Mean
The Force-Adept Kids on Canto Bight Are The Future
We cut back to Canto Bight. Now, this location was secondary to the main plot, an opulent cantina-esque backdrop to Finn and Rose's codebreaker mission. Or was it? Through their ransacking of the warmongers, we get shown more partisan political angle to the good-evil fight, something that's further upturned by DJ's self-aware immorality. However, what's really most important is the kids; they're first seen being abused by their master Bargwill Tomder as an early indication at Canto's dark underside, and later help Finn and Rose on their Fathier rampage.
This final scene returns us to these kids - called Temri Blagg, Arashell Sar and Oniho Zaya per The Visual Dictionary - reliving the story of Luke's showdown of Crait. Tomder bursts in and scatters them back to work. We follow Blagg, who uses the Force to attract his broom and, after some half-hearted sweeping, stares up at the sky, possibly seeing the Millennium Falcon zipping through hyperspace, before he holds the stick up like a laser sword, imagining his future as a Jedi.
The base meaning of the scene should be obvious. This is a callback to Luke in the original Star Wars longing for a future away from Tatooine - hammered home by the Jedi's death moments earlier imagining his home's twin suns (Blagg seeing the speeding ship is also a nod to a deleted scene from the original film where Luke watched the opening space chase from the planet's surece) - and an overt sign that there are candidates out there for Rey's Jedi Order. It's a hopeful end to a movie that's put immense strain on our heroes, teasing the continuing cycle of the rebellion, the Jedi and all that is good (again, a personification of Luke's arc).
But for that to be the only takeaway misses so much of what The Last Jedi has been doing for the previous two-and-a-half hours.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
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- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019